LOCAL sources nearby, just as its name suggests.
Every time we drive through Lyons en route to or from Rocky Mountain National Park, we wish Fork, which is located in a historic stone building on the west end of the small main drag, were open. It never has been, because we tend to be there before or after hiking — never early enough for lunch or late enough for dinner. Yesterday, we drove to the park to witness the annual elk bugling, so we planned to stop at Fork on our way back to Boulder. Just a couple of doors away and unnoticed on any previous trip was a restaurant called LOCAL. Its sign is so subtle that we’d never seen it.
Its official name is LOCAL Eat + Drink. It comes across as a Lyons version of The Kitchen Next Door in Boulder and now elsewhere: locals at the bar, long polished tables for communal dining or smaller high-tops. A small selection of small plates. An impressive selection of spirits, plus wine and beer. Locally sourced food. A cool, artsy ambiance. “EAT DRINK REPEAT” is prominently lettered on one wall. An assortment of antique plates hangs on another. Five principals (Katie Baum, De’Anna Duncan, Rachael Kesley, Ryan Elftmann and Drew Reid, according to the website) are involved in the enterprise, with Baum the executive chef. We enjoyed a glass of wine for me, a beer for my husband and beautifully presented small plates for us both.
Price check: Small plates, $8-$14; dessert (there was just one), $12).